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May 06
Apple a recipient of 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the names of four honorees who will receive the prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Awards at a special gala in New York City on June 18. Awardees include Apple for breakthroughs in accessible technology, actor Charlie Cox for his portrayal of a blind superhero, Ward Marston a musician/recording engineer with vision loss, and VandaPharmaceuticals Inc. for pioneering treatment of a circadian rhythm disorder, Non-24 Sleep-Wake Disorder, that can affect people who are totally blind. "We are honoring accomplished individuals and companies for their success in improving quality of life for people with vision loss either through groundbreaking innovation or inspirational achievement that changes perceptions about what it means to be visually impaired," says AFB President and CEO Carl R. Augusto. AFB is recognizing Apple for VoiceOver, a gesture-based screen reader that allows users to hear a description of everything happening on...
May 06
Olloclip introduces the olloCase for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus
olloclip (www.olloclip.com) has introduced the US$29.99 olloCase, a slim, protective case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that integrates with olloclip photo lenses.  "This new case is a significant improvement over our previous version. It improves speed and removes any unnecessary obstacles between a user and the photos or videos they want to shoot," says Patrick O'Neill, CEO and founder of olloclip. Grip lines recessed into the olloCase's rubberized shock-resistant bumpers allow for control when taking photos or simply browsing the web. The case has a scratch-resistant back for added protection. A raised bezel keeps the screen from contacting flat surfaces. The new olloCase works with all olloclip lenses for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It's available in two colors -- matte clear with dark gray bumper and matte smoke with black bumper.  It's available now for pre-order.
May 06
Android switchers drive iOS growth in Europe's 'big...
The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/) for the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) shows that the popularity of Apple iOS continued to grow in Europe's five largest countries, reaching a 20.3% share – 1.8 percentage points higher than in 2014. Europe's big five markets are Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. "In the first quarter of 2015, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus continued to attract consumers across Europe, including users who previously owned an Android smartphone," says Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. "On average, across Europe's big five countries during the first quarter, 32.4% of Apple’s new customers switched to iOS from Android. In urban China, Apple consolidated its leadership in smartphones, growing its share to 26.1%, up from 17.9% for the same period in 2014, according to Tamsin Timpson, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Asia. China is now driving more...
May 06
Apple confirms the existence of the Applebot
Apple has confirmed the existence of its Applebot web crawler. In a support document (http://apple.co/1H0Mp37) the company had this to say: "Applebot is the web crawler for Apple, used by products including Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. It respects customary robots.txt rules and robots meta tags. It originates in the 17.0.0.0 net block. "User-agent strings will contain 'Applebot' together with additional agent information. For example: "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_10_1) "AppleWebKit/600.2.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0.2 Safari/600.2.5 (Applebot/0.1) "If robots instructions don't mention Applebot but do mention Googlebot, the Apple robot will follow Googlebot instructions."
May 05
Twenty-four more institutions implement Apple Pay support
Apple has added 24 more institutions to the list (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT6288) of those that support Apple Pay. So far Apple Pay has support from over 2,500 banks and 700,000-plus retailers. Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.
May 05
Apple TV gets CBS Sports, USA Now channels
Apple continues to add new channels to the Apple TV set-top box. The latest are CBS Sports and USA Now. CBS Sports lets users watch free clips from a variety of sports, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, college sports, and more. USA Now features content from the USA network. CBS Sports don't require a cable or satellite provider to access it; USA Now does.
May 05
Mophie introduces waterproof battery case
Mophie has announced the juice pack H2PRO for the iPhone 6. It's the company's first waterproof battery case and provides more than 100% extra battery life, says Daniel Huang, company co-founder and CEO. In addition to waterproof protection, the juice pack H2PRO exceeds industry standards with top protection ratings, he adds. It's equipped with a 2,750mAh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery that reportedly allows users to enjoy up to 14 additional hours of talk time, 10 additional hours of web browsing, 11 additional hours of video playback, and 50 additional hours of music playback. Featuring mophie's Priority+ charge and sync, the juice pack H2PRO allows the iPhone 6 to charge before the juice pack itself, and enables pass-through charge and sync while connected to a Mac or PC. It'sesigned with pass-through volume and power buttons, as well as mophie's proprietary mute switch. The mophie juice pack H2PRO made for iPhone 6 is currently available for pre-order at mophie.com for...
May 05
ShowStoppers, MacTech Partner: Showcase Devs to Journalists
ShowStoppers is partnering with MacTech to create a new event that enables developers, accessory vendors and device makers to showcase, demonstrate and announce new software, services, hardware and devices for work, home and play to key journalists traveling to San Francisco to learn about the future of iOS and OS X. ShowStoppers/MacTech DevFocus is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, in San Francisco from 5-7 pm. "This new event is focused on helping journalists discover some of the most creative technologists on the planet -- the engineers, developers and programmers who create, design, build and market new technologies and products for use with iOS and OS X," says Neil Ticktin, editor-in-chief and publisher of MacTech Magazine, the journal of Apple technology, the oldest publication in the Apple market. "This event enables developers and journalists alike to cut through the torrent of announcements that always take place this time of year, as Apple maps its own way forward to new...
May 04
Redpark shipping an Ethernet cable for the iPhone, iPad
Redpark Product Development says it's shipping the industry’s first Ethernet cable for the iPad and iPhone. The Redpark Ethernet Cable (http://tinyurl.com/mn8c2nk) is a specialty version of USB to Ethernet adapter. It provides a general purpose ethernet connection — however, throughput is limited to 5 Mbps and only apps which use Redpark’s RedSocket SDK are able to communicate with the cable. "We’ve designed the Ethernet Cable for use in field service applications," says Redpark President Mike Ridenhour. "It enables field technicians to use Ethernet to connect an iPad or iPhone to equipment in the field in order to configure or troubleshoot the equipment." The Ethernet Cable has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US $89 and is available today.
May 04
Apple hires new general contractor for its 'spaceship...
Apple is bringing on a new general contractor to finish its multi-billion-dollar "spaceship" building at Apple Campus 2, "amid questions about whether the huge project remains on track for a late-2016 completion," reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal (http://tinyurl.com/oubp2ku). Rudolph & Sletten Inc., a veteran Silicon Valley builder, will complete the ring-shaped structure’s interior build-out, the article says, quoting unnamed "multiple people with knowledge of the situation. Until now, a joint venture of DPR Construction Co. and Skanska USA, which is heading up the project, was expected by many in the construction industry to take it through to completion.
May 04
Apple releases Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.04
Apple has released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.04. The update adds RAW image support to Mac OS X Yosemite for 18 new cameras from Canon, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Leica, and Nikon. The update is a 7.7MB download. You can upgrade via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store. Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.04 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and iPhoto 9.6 or Aperture 3.6.
May 01
Analyst: folks aren't that interested in the Apple Watch (...
In a note to clients — as reported by Barron's (http://tinyurl.com/ob8bgmz) — UBS analyst Steve Milunovich says his research indicates that people aren't that interested in the Apple Watch. At least not yet. "Search interest has deviated lower relative to an index of 30 consumer electronics introductions and the first iPad and iPhone releases—the week of launch, the Watch is about 20% of iPad and iPhone interest," says Milunovich. "We now think about 7% rather than 10% of the expected iPhone 5/6 average installed base of 430 million in F16E is likely to buy a Watch." Still he says that UBS is "long-term bullish" on the Apple smartwatch. Milunovich’s evidence comes from an index of search requests: "We created an index of search interest for 30 consumer electronics launches in the US as well as for the first iPhone and iPad (Figure 3). The initial value is based on search interest at the time the product was announced," he says. "The Apple Watch had been performing in line with the...
Apr 30
IHS: Apple Watch costs only about 24% of MSRP
The Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product IHS Technology has researched, according to a preliminary estimate by IHS (www.ihs.com) and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service. The teardown of the Apple Watch Sport by IHS Technology estimates that the actual hardware costs are only about 24%of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). Estimated hardware cost to MSRP ratios for other Apple products reviewed by IHS are in the range of 29% to 98%. The teardown of the Apple Watch Sport 38 mm by IHS Technology shows a bill of materials of US$81.20 with the cost of production rising to $83.70 when the $2.50 manufacturing expense is added. The retail price of the Apple Watch Sport 38 mm is $349. The IHS Technology analysis does not include logistics, amortized capital expenses, overhead, SG&A, R&D, software, IP licensing and other variables throughout the supply chain such as the EMS provider. "It is fairly typical...
Apr 30
Apple, Japan Post, IBM help connect elderly to family and...
Japan Post Group, IBM and Apple have announced an initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for millions of Japanese senior citizens. Built on the global partnership Apple and IBM announced last year, the new initiative will deliver iPads with IBM-developed apps and analytics to connect millions of seniors with services, healthcare, community and their families. After piloting iPads and apps custom developed for the elderly, Japan Post Group will expand the service in stages with the objective of including four million to million million customers in Japan by 2020. Today more than 33 million seniors make up about 25% of Japan’s population, projected to grow to 40 percent over the next 40 years. "We are joining with two of the world’s most respected leaders in technology to bring our elderly generation into the connected world, expand our businesses by deepening relationships, and discover new ways to strengthen the fabric of our society and economy," says Taizo Nishimuro, CEO...
Apr 30
Global tablet market continues to contract
Worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell to 47.1 million in 1Q15, a -5.9% decline from the same quarter a year ago, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (www.idc.com). "The market slowdown that we witnessed last quarter is continuing to impact the tablet segment, but we see some growth areas that are starting to materialize," says Jean Philippe Boucharge, research director, Tablets, IDC. "Cellular-enabled tablets are outgrowing the rest of the market, providing an additional revenue stream for OEMs and mobile operators. In addition to driving higher usage than Wi-Fi-only tablets, cellular-enabled tablets also help position the segment as true mobile solutions rather than stay-at-home devices." Apple still leads the overall market despite five consecutive quarters of negative annual shipment growth. Apple...
Apr 30
Default Folder for Mac OS X gets maintenance upgrade
St. Clair Software (http://tinyurl.com/2gm24v) has released Default Folder X 4.7.1, an update to their utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. Its custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips. It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 4.7.1 fixes a bug in Mac OS 10.10.3, as well as offering a number of feature improvements. Default Folder X 4.7.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It's is a free update for existing version 4 users. It costs US$34.95 for new users.
Apr 29
Microsoft introduces the Edge web browser
Microsoft has announced the Edge web browser at this week's Microsoft Build conference, reports re/code (http://tinyurl.com/ktnutgr/). It's the replacement for the long-in-the-tooth Internet Explorer. Edge will be the primary/default browser built into Windows 10. Details are still light on of what’s unique to Edge, but TechCrunch (http://tinyurl.com/keuu277) says here’s what is known: ° It has built-in Cortana support. ° It has built-in reader, note-taking and sharing features. ° The design focuses on simplicity and minimalism. ° The rendering engine is called EdgeHTML.
Apr 29
iPad app glitches delays some American Airlines flights
Some American Airlines flights were grounded as an app issue with the on-board iPads used by pilots made it impossible to take off, reports the Verge (http://tinyurl.com/pxsdkm2). "Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads," American Airlines spokesperson Andrea Huguely told The Verge. "In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wi-Fi connection to fix the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers. We are working to have them on the way to their destination as soon as possible." Another spokesperson said that the issue affected "a few dozen flights" across the airline. "We've identified the issue, we've identified the solution, and we are working on it right now," he told the publication. In 2012 American Airlines became the first commercial carrier to receive FAA approval to use the Apple iPad in the cockpit during all phases of flight.
Apr 29
Brett Terpstra introduces StretchLink for Mac OS X
Developer Brett Terpstra has introduced StretchLink 1.0 (http://stretchlinkapp.com), his new URL utility for Mac OS X. StretchLink was developed exclusively for expanding shortened URLs, removing redirects, and cleaning out referrer junk so that you can share URL without any baggage. Whether you're sending links to friends or publishing a blog, you want to protect your friends and readers from redirects and privacy issues that can be caused by unintentionally publishing a shortened link, says Terpstra. StretchLink runs in the OS X menu bar. Click the icon to open the main panel from which it can expand and clean links on demand with a single click, or can be set to silently watch your clipboard. StretchLink 1.0 costs US$1.99. An introductory sale of $0.99 (50% off) will take place through the month of May. [Ed. Note: Expanding URLs can cause unintended issues as parameters, and even referrer information often is critical to displaying the right content on the page. Use with caution...
Apr 29
BBEdit 11.1 Introduces Git and EditorConfig Support
Bare Bones Software (www.barebones.com) has announced BBEdit 11.1, an update to its professional strength HTML and text editor. The new version introduces built-in support for Git and for EditorConfig. In addition, the BBEdit 11.1 update also introduces a new CSS/SCSS language module, a new Arrange submenu and a new Save All in Window command, plus enhanced command-line tools and INI support, refined navigation, file management and preferences, and more. BBEdit 11.1 requires Mac OS X 10.8.5 or later. This update is free of charge to all BBEdit 11 customers. For new uses the cost is US$49.99 for a single user license.
Apr 29
Strategy Analytics: Samsung overtakes Apple as world's...
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com), global smartphone shipments grew 21% annually to reach 345 million units in the first quarter of 2015. Samsung overtook Apple to recapture first position as the world's largest smartphone vendor by volume, says the research group. "Global smartphone shipments grew 21% annually from 285.0 million units in Q1 [the first quarter] 2014 to a 345.0 million in Q1 2015," says Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics. "Global smartphone growth on an annualized basis has slowed slightly from 33% to 21%t during the past year, due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets of the US, Europe and China." Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, adds: Samsung shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide and captured 24% marketshare in Q1 2015, dipping from 31% a year earlier. Samsung continued to face challenges in Asia and elsewhere, but its global performance has stabilized sufficiently...
Apr 29
Jive Releases real-time messaging app for Mac OS X, iOS
Jive Software (www.jivechime.com) has released Jive Chime, an app that connects coworkers in real time. It's available for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows and Android systems. Employees can instantly start 1:1 or group conversations with coworkers, teams and departments, whether at their desks or on the go, says Elisa Steele, CEO and president, Jive Software. An employee can start a conversation from their phone while on the go and then easily pick up the conversation from their desktop later on. Any employee can connect with anyone inside their company without needing their email or phone number saved as a contact. 
Employees can set notification preferences according to their individual needs to stay in the loop without getting bombarded by alerts. People can create and name Jive Chime groups, add and remove coworkers from conversations, see when messages are read and when team members are responding, and send team chimes as needed. IT organizations can leverage new administration features...
Apr 29
Maintain serves up Cocktail 8.3.1 (Yosemite Edition)
Maintain has served Cocktail 8.3.1 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Yosemite. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 8.3.1 fixes compatibility issues with 1Password and Evernote browser extensions. It also contains improvements on the network optimization feature and updated Automator actions. Cocktail 8.3.1 (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X Yosemite 10.10 to run. Cocktail (Mavericks Edition) for OS X 10.9, Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8 and Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 are available for download from Maintain website. Cocktail 8.3.1 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available for purchase from the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail).
Apr 29
ConceptDraw Pro 10 has a new ATM UML Diagrams solution
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has launched a new ATM UML Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. Developed exclusively for banking industry software specialists who design and build ATM solutions and systems. The new solution is designed to turn ConceptDraw Pro into an effective UML diagram creator with image libraries enabling you to visually represent ATM processes, as well as any type of banking system. The UML solution for banking is comprised of 14 libraries which contain 182 objects. ConceptDraw Pro is compatible with Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows and retails for US$199. It's also included in ConceptDraw Office 3, which retails for $499.
Apr 28
Cosentry Extends Managed Cloud Services to Microsoft Azure
Cosentry (www.cosentry.com), a provider of IT solutions in the Midwest, has extended its managed cloud services to Microsoft Azure. The new service provides expertise in connecting to Microsoft Azure, with a focus on utilizing Azure for SQL Server testing and development, SQL Server backup and SQL Server disaster recovery environments. Cosentry has more than a decade of experience supporting SQL Server database environments, primarily those running on a private cloud; this new offering focuses on expanding support to hybrid cloud solutions, says CEO Brad Hokamp. Electrical Components International Inc. (ECI) has engaged with Cosentry to gain new efficiencies leveraging Azure as part of a hybrid cloud environment. "Their expertise in SQL Server and managed cloud services will be leveraged to enhance our implementation while giving me the peace-of-mind that ECI has one of the best customer support teams in the industry," says Adrian Ostman, Global IT Director, ECI. Cosentry’s Managed...
Apr 28
LastPass launches Apple Watch app
LastPass, a password manager, has launched an app for the Apple Watch.   The iOS app, which is part of LastPass’ Premium service, provides quick access to passwords and data stored in the Vault to ensure users always have their passwords no matter where they are or which device they are using. "Consumers need access to passwords and secure information wherever they are and on whatever device they are using," says Joe Siegrist, CEO and co-founder of LastPass. "The launch of the Apple Watch is significant because it provides another channel for LastPass to provide our users with the important data they need every day. With just a few taps of the wrist, LastPass users can see their password information in a simplified format without ever having to take out their phones or computers." The LastPass app for Apple Watch ensures users always have their passwords on hand with access to the data stored in their LastPass Vault. They can look up passwords on the go or find information written in...
Apr 28
Noteboom Tutorials introduces Tutor for Photos for OS X
Noteboom Tutorials has introduced Tutor for Photos for OS X, their latest video tutorial for the Mac. It consists of 43 video lessons designed to give users a better understanding of how to effectively use Apple's new photo management software, Photos. Tutor for Photos for OS X covers various subjects including importing from iPhoto, syncing with iCloud Photo Library, managing multiple libraries, and showing the sidebar to make it more like iPhoto. The tutorial also looks at organizing photos into albums, smart albums, faces, folders, and how to hide your photos. The new Photos includes extensive editing tools and the tutorial shows you how to use them. Demos include enhancing photos, adding filters, straightening photos, cropping photos, and making adjustments to photos. Tutor for Photos for OS X also includes tips when editing including how to compare  edits to the original photo and creating versions. The tutorial also includes lessons on various sharing options including creating...
Apr 28
LinkOptimizer 4.9.41 for InDesign lets you remove alpha channels...
Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has unveiled LinkOptimizer 4.9.41, a feature update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. LinkOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of InDesign links and speed up processing by eliminating excess image data, performing essential image adjustments and converting file formats. Version 4.9.41 adds an option to automatically remove all alpha channels from images during Photoshop processing. LinkOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website for US$259.95 (a "lite" version is available for $179.95). A demo is available for download. Version 4.9.41 is a free update for LinkOptimizer 4.x users and a $130 upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher and Adobe InDesign and Photoshop CS3-CC 2014.
Apr 28
TaskInsight 3.7 for Mac OS X enhances actions and speech control...
Imaja (www.imaja.com) has launched TaskInsight 3.7, an update to its productivity and business app for Mac OS X. TaskInsight features task list and timeline management with iCloud support on Mac OS X. Import and export functions support TSV and XML files for sharing with other applications. Version 3.7 enhances the speech controls and provides new actions for task list and timeline management. TaskInsight requires Mac OS X 10.7. It costs US$19.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Productivity and Business categories.
Apr 28
Disk Drill data recovery app for Mac gets an update
CleverFiles (www.cleverfiles.com) has released Disk Drill 2.4.417, an update of its Mac OS X data recovery solution. The app sports a set of file recovery tools that can undelete files from almost any device: internal and external hard drives, memory cards, USB flash drives, mountable cameras, iPods and more. Version 2.4.417 adds a number of new file signatures to the database, including LWS (LightWave 3D Scene File), LWO (LightWave 3D Object File), ALS (Ableton Live Set File), SKETCH (Sketch vector drawing) and others. It also improves recovery of update file formats for Apple Numbers, Pages and Keynote. Disk Drill is available in basic, pro, and enterprise versions. The first is free; the latter two cost US$89 and $399, respectively.
Apr 28
Patriot developing Type-C USB flash drive for MacBook users
Patriot (http://www.patriotmemory.com/) is developing a Type-C USB Flash Drive for the new MacBook, Google Chromebook Pixel and other Type-C equipped notebooks and systems available on the market. With the recent release of the latest MacBook, which has been upgraded with the new Type-C port, consumers will now be able to use the Type-C USB Flash Drive to transfer data from any other form factor using a single, small solution. Outfitted with a polished metal exterior, the dual-sided Type-C/Type A USB Flash Drive will feature both a small Type-C at one end and a standard USB 3.0 connector at the other end allowing data transfer from traditional devices to the new Type C based device. The new Type-C USB Flash Drive will be available to consumers starting in June. It will be offered in both 32GB and 64GB capacities.
Apr 28
QuarkXPress 2015 now available
Quark Software has released QuarkXPress 2015 (www.quark.com/2015), an update of the graphic design and page layout software. It adds 64-bit architecture, industry-verified PDF/X-4 output, fixed layout interactive (app-like) eBook production, as well as an array of user-requested features. QuarkXPress is sold as a perpetual license, which means users make a single purchase and aren’t locked into an ongoing subscription. With its 64-bit architecture, QuarkXPress 2015 can now use all the RAM available on a user’s computer to deliver performance improvements across the board from file handling and layout rendering to PDF export. Quark has also added multi-threading to the QuarkXPress text engine to further increase performance. By using PDF/X-4 output, designers can maintain transparency to enable smaller files, faster output and higher quality print output. The exported PDF/X-4 files are certified by the same technology used inside Adobe Acrobat. QuarkXPress 2015 builds on its automation...
Apr 27
TripIt Arrives on the Apple Watch
TripIt (www.tripit.com) from Concur has launched its Apple Watch app. It gives flight, hotel and rental car information, as well as real-time flight alerts for TripIt Pro users, all without having to slow down and pull out their phones.   "Our mission is to help travelers get one step closer to experiencing the perfect trip. One of the ways we do that is by taking advantage of new technologies, like the Apple Watch, that have the ability to drastically change the way we travel from now on," says Jen Moyse, head of product for TripIt from Concur.   Now TripIt users can see their travel plans throughout the day, pull up their flight details before they head to the airport, and even confirm their hoteląs check-in time when they land‹right from their Apple Watch. TripIt Pro users will also receive real-time flight alerts, including: connecting flight information, gate changes, flight delays, and more.   Thanks to TripIt's direct connection with Concur, business travelers that book their...
Apr 27
Apple expands capital returns program to $200 billion
Apple says its Board of Directors has authorized an increase of more than 50% to the company’s program to return capital to shareholders. Under the expanded program, Apple plans to utilize a cumulative total of US$200 billion of cash by the end of March 2017.  As part of the revised program, the Board has increased its share repurchase authorization to $140 billion from the $90 billion level announced last year. In addition, the company expects to continue to net-share-settle vesting restricted stock units. The Board has also approved an increase of 11% to the company’s quarterly dividend, and has declared a dividend of $.52 per share, payable on May 14, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 11, 2015.  From the inception of its capital return program in August 2012 through March 2015, Apple has returned over $112 billion to shareholders, including $80 billion in share repurchases. To assist in funding the program, the company plans to continue to access the...
Apr 27
Apple reports record second quarter results
Apple has announced the financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter that ended March 28. The company posted quarterly revenue of US$58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 69 percent of the quarter’s revenue. The growth was fueled by record second quarter sales of iPhones and Macs and all-time record performance of the App Store. “"We are thrilled by the continued strength of iPhone, Mac and the App Store, which drove our best March quarter results ever," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release. "We’re seeing a higher rate of people switching to iPhone than we’ve experienced in previous cycles, and we’re off to an exciting start to the June quarter with the launch of Apple Watch." "The...
Apr 27
Anawiki launches Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 for Mac OS X
Anawiki Games (http://www.anawiki.com) has announced Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 for Mac OS X (10.6.5 or higher). It costs US$9.97. Here's how the game is described: "The sequel's story begins shortly after the events of the original game. Having saved King Arthur's life, the Druids of Avalon have formed a close alliance with Camelot and maintain a permanent presence in Arthur's court in the form of the Royal Druid, Mallard. A time of peace follows, only to be interrupted by a goblin invasion. With Camelot lying in ruins and Arthur away at war, the player takes on the role of Mallard as he seeks to gather resources and rebuild the kingdom. "Although the solitaire mechanics stick close to the model established by the first game, Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 introduces a great deal more gameplay in between the levels. By beating solitaire levels, the player earns the three resources needed to rebuild Camelot: Gold, Food and Materials. The player must then choose carefully how to prioritize...
Apr 27
Cindori AB releases Disk Sensei for Mac OS X
Cindori AB (http://tinyurl.com/obyclqf) has released Disk Sensei, a disk performance tool for Mac OS X. It can monitor, maintain and enhance storage performance and utilization. Disk Sensei lets you: monitor drive usage and statistics; analyze drive health; visualize drive content to help understand and maintain your file system; clean out space-hogging caches, logs and other large files; optimize drive performance and free up space through advanced OS X tweaks; enable Trim for Solid State Drives; and benchmark drives and compare their performance. Disk Sensei works with hard drives, solid state drives, internal drives and external drives. It requires OS X 10.9 or later and costs US$19.99. Customers who have purchased Trim Enabler from Cindori AB can obtain Disk Sensei for $9.99.
Apr 27
Griffin WatchStand now available
Griffin Technology has released the US$29.99 WatchStand (store.griffintechnology.com/watchstand), a dock that provides a place to charge and display the Apple Watch. The WatchStand displays the Apple smartwatch on a sleek pedestal, and can be placed on any nightstand, tabletop or desktop for daily charging. It houses the Apple-provided magnetic charging cable in an angled cradle that keeps it ready to charge at all times. For initial assembly, the user simply feeds the magnetic charging cable through the center of the post. To charge each day, you lay the Apple Watch against the cradle. The magnetic connector snaps itself onto the back of the watch and begins charging. The WatchStand is compatible with all versions of the Apple Watch and holds it at an easy viewing angle as it charges. Accommodating both semi-flexible and fully flexible bands, the WatchStand displays and charges Apple Watch vertically or horizontally. Since the Apple Watch and iPhone go hand in hand, the WatchStand’s...
Apr 27
Discover to bring Apple Pay to cardmembers
Discover has announced an agreement with Apple that will allow Discover cardmembers in the U.S. to make contactless payments in participating stores through Apple Pay, the way to pay, using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. "As the mobile payments landscape matures, Discover remains committed to giving cardmembers secure options for using their cards and mobile devices," says Diane Offereins, Discover’s president of payment services. "Discover’s focus on simplicity and value for our cardmembers aligns well with the way Apple Pay makes purchases easy and convenient." When cardmembers add their credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers aren't stored on the device or on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on a device. Each card transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of the credit or debit card....
Apr 27
Apple to announce latest quarterly finances today
Apple will announce the financial results for its fiscal second quarter today. A conference call with analysts and the press will be held at 2 p.m. (Pacific) time. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the most reliable analysts, has his Apple numbers ready, as noted by "9to5Mac" (http://tinyurl.com/nbcub2l). The analyst projects iPhone, iPad, and Mac shipments to be 58.2 million, 10.1 million, and 4.5 million respectively. He also estimates that Apple Watch shipments are currently at 631,000 units.
Apr 27
Alchemist Guild releases iCloudStatus for OS X Yosemite
The Alchemist Guild has released iCloudStatus for Mac OS X Yosemite. It shows a status icon for iCloud Drive in your menu bar so there's no more digging around in the Finder to see when your files have been uploaded. When you add files to iCloud Drive from the Finder or other apps iCloudStatus detects the changes and show you how much progress has been made, then notify you when the transfer is finished. Additionally a history log of all transfers and the date is recorded so you can verify previous activity. iCloudStatus costs US$1.99. It's available here: http://tinyurl.com/osv59pk .
Apr 24
Poll: 4% likely to purchase the Apple Watch
A poll by SurveyMonkey of 505 people conducted since April 8 found that just over 4% said they were "extremely likely" or "very likely" to buy Apple Watch, reports CNBC(http://www.cnbc.com/id/102617561). About 74% said they were "not at all likely" to buy the smartwatch. Three percent said they planned to buy the watch on the first day of sales (which is today). "Look, it's early. I think that's what the poll results say. People didn't have a lot of great reasons" to buy it, SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg told CNBC's "Squawk Box." Nearly one-third of respondents said they would most often use Apple Watch to tell the time. That's the top use mentioned for the product.
Apr 24
Jumsoft announces update of Toolbox for MS Office
Jumsoft (www.jumsoft.com) has introducedToolbox for MS Office 2.0.4, an update of its popular graphics and design application for Mac OS X. Toolbox for MS Office provides templates and illustrations for creating content ranging from invoices and greeting cards to presentations and portfolios. Version 2.0.4 includes around 400 previously unreleased templates for Word, as well as hundreds of maps, diagrams, clipart images, icons, and other types of illustrations. Toolbox for MS Office requires Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 or later and Mac OS X 10.10 or later. Toolbox for MS Office 2.0.4 is currently free and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.
Apr 23
Apple updates TestFight to version 1.1.1
Apple has updated its TestFlight app to version 1.1.1, adding support for Apple WatchKit apps embedded inside beta iOS apps. TestFlight lets you install and beta test apps on an iOS device. After a developer invites you to beta test their app, you can install new versions as they become available. TestFlight also allows you to provide feedback to developers on the features you are testing in the prerelease apps you’ve been invited to. With TestFlight 1.1.1, developers can deploy beta versions of their iOS apps without removing the Watch extensions. It's a free download at the Apple App Store.
Apr 23
Comcast Plans to Drop Takeover of Time Warner
AppleInsider just reported that according to an article by Bloomberg today, Comcast plans to walk away from its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. Reportedly, the FCC is "leaning toward concluding the merger doesn’t help consumer consumers." Bloomberg's article continued "If the deal had gone through, the Comcast-Time Warner partnership would have created by far the largest cable operator in the U.S." If the deal had gone through, Time Warner customers would have eventually become Comcast customers. According to a BGR article in December, "TWC and Comcast are the two most hated companies in America"
Apr 23
Sonnet Announces Avid-qualified DX Thunderbolt Adapter
Sonnet Technologies (www.sonnettech.com) has released the US$250 Sonnet DX Thunderbolt Adapter for Avid Media Composer Mojo DX and Avid Nitris DX. Formerly built by Sonnet and offered by Avid, the DX Thunderbolt Adapter is now marketed exclusively by Sonnet to users of Avid's Mojo DX digital video capture, editing, monitoring, and output system and Nitris DX high-performance SD and HD broadcast news editing system. With the DX Thunderbolt Adapter, media professionals can leverage these Avid solutions with Avid editing software on any Avid-qualified, Thunderbolt-equipped computer, says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing, Sonnet Technologies. The DX Thunderbolt Adapter delivers performance for two streams of uncompressed 10-bit HD video with eight audio streams. With ultralow latency and high sync accuracy, the adapter enables editing workflows that are faster and more efficient than ever, he adds.
Apr 23
DayMap for Mac OS X revved to version 2.1
Whetstone Apps (http://whetstoneapps.com/) has announced DayMap 2.1 an update to their productivity app for Mac OS X. DayMap is a visual app for planning projects and associated tasks. It's now available in Chinese, French and German. In version 2.1, the user interface has also been updated to offer a way of organizing and scheduling projects and tasks in a visually intuitive Project Outliner and Weekly or Monthly Scheduler. DayMap 2.1 is regularly priced at US$14.99, but is being offered for $9.99 for a limited time. It's available from the Mac App Store under the Productivity category and requires Mac OS X Yosemite.
Apr 22
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.8.1 (Mavericks Edition)
Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.8.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility. This version adds ability to clear Dictation & Speech and Help caches. It also contains miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements as well as updated Automator actions and Help files. Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer. Cocktail 7.8.1 Mavericks Edition requires OS X Mavericks to run. When unregistered, Cocktail runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch. Registration is US$19 for a single user license or $39 for a family license that covers up to five computers.
Apr 22
CS Odessa updates AWS Architecture Diagrams Solution
CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced the AWS Architecture Diagrams solution, the latest addition to ConceptDraw Solution Park. It's a collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro and is available at no charge to users of ConceptDraw Pro 10 and ConceptDraw Office 3 (available for Mac OS X and Windows), via the ConceptDraw Solution Park. ConceptDraw Office retails for US$499 (USD) and can be purchased directly from CS Odessa or their resellers. The suite is designed for knowledge workers, managers, project managers and academics.
Apr 21
Ooppa Software releases PDF Studio 10 for the Mac
Qoppa Software (http://www.qoppa.com/) has released PDF Studio 10, an all-in-one PDF editing software for Mac OS X. The new version adds PDF Optimization, Overlay Comparison and Conversion to HTML5. The Optimizer function provides options for users to reduce the file size of PDF documents before sharing or publishing them. Images can be downsized and compressed, unused and duplicate objects removed, and data streams compressed. PDF Overlay Comparison view allows visual comparison of drawings and blue prints by overlaying two documents and highlighting the differences using complementary colors. PDF Studio costs US$129. A demo is available for download.
 

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